** The next meeting of the Economic Committee

The next meeting of the Committee on Economic and Financial Affairs, Social Affairs and Education of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean (PA-UfM) is scheduled to be held on December18th in the parliament of Portugal -Lisbon. Kindly find attached the documents of the meeting, at this link : http://www.paufm.org/AR/Committees_Details.aspx?id=3&LANG=2

** The Egyptian House of Representatives hosts the meeting of the Bureau and the Expanded Bureau of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean

The House of Representatives will host next Saturday, 16 September 2017, the first meeting after Egypt assumed the presidency of the Assembly, headed by Prof. Dr. Abdel-Aal as president. The meeting of the Bureau, which is composed of Prof. Dr. Ali Abdel-Aal of the Egyptian Parliament and representatives of the European Parliament, the Italian Parliament and the Turkish Parliament, will discuss a number of procedural matters related to the functioning of the Assembly during the year of Egypt's chairmanship and the meeting of the Expanded Bureau, The Bureau of the Committees of the Assembly, a number of other important topics, such as the programs of work of the Committees during the coming period, as well as the discussion on the establishment of a permanent secretariat for the Assembly to facilitate its work and organization of its meetings. During the meeting, the Egyptian Presidency of the Assembly will adopt the theme of combating terrorism in the Euro-Mediterranean region to be the main theme for the activities and activities of the Association during the Egyptian presidency.

** «Doctor Ali Abdel Aal» confirms the activation of the decisions of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean

Dr. Ali Abdel-Aal, Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, participated in the meetings of the Executive Bureau of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean in Italy, chaired by Petro Grasso, President of the Italian Senate. Dr. Ali Abdel-Aal, Speaker of the Council of Representatives, addressed some of the challenges facing the Union for the Mediterranean countries, stressing the need to activate the decisions of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean on the ground. The meeting was attended by Laura Boulderini, Speaker of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, and Vice President of the European Parliament, David Sassouli. The meeting discussed mechanisms for enhancing cooperation between the parties of the Union for the Mediterranean, with a view to enhancing stability in the Euro-Mediterranean region. The participants also discussed some of the proposals related to the reform of the Association, both in terms of financial aspects related to the financing of the Assembly and its activities, in terms of the procedural aspects of the functioning of the Assembly and its decision-making mechanisms. During the meeting of the extended Bureau of the Assembly in which he participated, as well as members of the Executive Committee of the Committee Chairmen, the participants discussed some issues related to the functioning of these committees and some organizational matters related to their meetings as well as future plans for their activities and priorities during the next phase.

** Speech on Abdel-Al before the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean

In the framework of his participation in the 4th Summit of Speakers of Parliament and the 13th General Assembly of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean, held on 12 and 13 May in Rome, Dr. Ali Abdel-Aal, Speaker of the House of Representatives, delivered a speech on the main theme of the Summit of Speakers of Parliaments entitled "Sustainable Development in the Region Euro-Med. " The following is the text of the speech delivered by Dr. Ali Abdel-Aal on this subject: Dear friend Laura Boulderini, President of the Italian House of Representatives Dear friend Petro Graso, President of the Italian Senate Excellencies heads of parliaments and heads of delegations, Ladies and gentlemen, At the outset, I would like to express my deep appreciation to the members of the Italian Parliament for the warm reception and hospitality we have experienced since our friendly country has come to an end, and we express our appreciation for the sincere and tireless efforts that have been made to bring this Conference to a successful conclusion. . The theme of this conference is of great importance. The recent period has witnessed intense international mobility with the aim of creating an environment conducive to sustainable development for all, which was formulated at the Third United Nations Conference on Financing for Development in July 2015 and the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 adopted at the United Nations General Assembly In September 2015, which includes 17 goals and 169 goals to eradicate poverty, combat inequality and address climate issues over the years to 2030. Achieving the objectives of sustainable development in our Euro-Mediterranean region is a goal that combines the priority of the countries of the region with its northern and southern shores, which obliges us to intensify cooperation in many areas to put the sustainable development goals into practice. Ladies and gentlemen, The issues of unemployment, illegal migration and terrorism are major problems facing our societies at the present time, which require confronting them through a comprehensive and sustainable development perspective that takes into account the economic, security, political and legal dimensions. It is essential to address the root causes of these problems through the eradication of poverty, the development of education and training, the transfer of knowledge and technology, the provision of more employment opportunities for young people, the skills needed to efficiently engage in the labor market and raise productivity and growth rates. In addition to opening channels for safe and orderly migration between the countries of the South and the North. Ladies and gentlemen, There is no doubt that there are many challenges facing our joint efforts in achieving sustainable development, facing the course of cooperation between the north and the south of the Mediterranean and preventing the utilization of the available resources in the hoped-for form, the most important of which is terrorism which has become a global phenomenon not only of our region. the world . The political challenges and armed conflicts in the Middle East, particularly the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, which can not, however, continue to achieve full regional cooperation in the Euro-Mediterranean space, as well as the armed conflicts in Syria and Libya, which caused the exclusion of these two important countries, Of promising potential, to fully integrate into Euro-Mediterranean cooperation frameworks so far. Hence, there is an urgent need to reach lasting political solutions to these crises, so that we can guide our efforts to achieve the objectives of sustainable development in our Euro-Mediterranean region. Ladies and Gentlemen Attendees: Egypt was not isolated from the global efforts to achieve the objectives of sustainable development, especially as the Egyptian Constitution explicitly stipulates the need to meet its requirements, foremost of which is to raise the rate of real growth of the national economy .. and raise the standard of living .. and increase employment opportunities .. and reduce unemployment rates. On poverty. This constitutional commitment has been translated into a national agenda for achieving sustainable development by 2030, which aims at achieving comprehensive economic development, improving the investment environment, enhancing human capital, and achieving social justice and providing decent living for the Egyptian citizen. . We in Egypt have an ambitious goal in achieving the objectives of sustainable development, not only for its important role in achieving economic stability, but also for its equally important role in the face of terrorism, based on the Egyptian vision that it is necessary to develop a comprehensive approach to counter this abominable phenomenon, Development is one of its main pillars. Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to stress that we are required to use all the mechanisms and tools provided by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean to strengthen cooperation between our countries to meet the challenges and difficulties in our region that impede the path of sustainable development ... We must also make more efforts in the field of parliamentary diplomacy In order to reach peaceful settlements of conflicts and conflicts that threaten stability in our region. I emphasize that the achievement of the requirements of sustainable development and the challenges associated with them require, in an important aspect, more European investments to the countries of the South Mediterranean especially in the labor-intensive and productive sectors, including the transfer of knowledge and technology, as well as more financial and development support. To the receiving countries of refugees in the southern Mediterranean, in order to implement the principle of burden-sharing. Thank you for the good listening, peace be upon you and God's mercy and blessings ,,,

** Officially-Doctor Ali Abdel Aal receives the presidency of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean

In the framework of his participation in the Fourth Summit of Speakers of Parliaments and the 13th Plenary Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean, which began its work in the capital of Rome, on Friday, Dr. Ali Abdelalal, Speaker of the House of Representatives, received the Presidency of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean (House and Senate) today, who presided over the association for a year from May 2016 until May 2017. Dr. Ali Abdel-Aal is expected to assume the presidency of the association for one year starting from May 2017 until May 2018, in accordance with the rotating rule in the presidency of the association between North and South countries. President of the Italian House of Representatives and President of the Italian Senate, Pietro Graso, congratulated Egypt on the presidency of the Assembly, wishing success to Egypt next year. The European Parliament welcomed Egypt's presidency of the Union for the Mediterranean in the coming period. The Egyptian presidency of the Association, and affirmed their full confidence in the leadership of Egypt for the Assembly. In his speech after the presidency of the Union, Abdel-Aal said that Egypt launched the Union for the Mediterranean initiative with France nine years ago to move towards Barcelona's path towards achieving greater security, growth and prosperity for the peoples of the region. He participated in its presidency until 2011, She is also the coordinator of the Arab Group, and will host this year the Second Ministerial Conference on Sustainable Urban Development and the Ministerial Conference on Women for the Union for the Mediterranean. The Speaker of the Egyptian Parliament referred to Egypt's keenness to participate actively in the activities of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean since its establishment in March 2004, under the name of the "Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly", as a successor to the Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Forum, Since the formation of the new Egyptian Council of Representatives in January 2016, Egypt participated in the activities of the Assembly with high representation, and then became a member of the Bureau of the Assembly in May 2016. He added that the Union for the Mediterranean has achieved a number of achievements in terms of development programs and projects with a regional dimension, aimed at achieving greater integration and integration among member states, as the formulation of 47 projects under the auspices of the Union with a budget estimated at 5.5 billion euros, A project in the areas of human development, such as education, youth employment and women's empowerment, and 21 projects in the fields of infrastructure and sustainable development, such as energy, climate change, urban development, water and the environment. "These achievements do not yet amount to the huge opportunities for cooperation between the largest Conglomerate A global economy, with human and natural resources and large markets that will enable it to integrate more fully with the European partner. "I fully understand that I am taking over the presidency of the Assembly today, as representative of the Egyptian parliament and the southern partner of the Union, under a delicate circumstance that passes through the Mediterranean Basin, which is threatened by challenges that threaten the security and stability of Member States. As members of the parliaments of the Union for the Mediterranean and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union to coordinate our activities and unite our efforts to meet these challenges, "he said, adding that he looks forward to the Parliamentary Assembly to be clear on the road map of the Union in the coming period; Challenges facing du In the forefront of which challenged the achievement of security and stability and the fight against terrorism and sustainable development. The Speaker affirmed that these challenges can only be tackled by working to achieve a balance between the three axes of the Union for the Mediterranean, namely the political, security, economic and social axis, and the cultural and cultural axis, as well as regional cooperation in this framework. , And to achieve the desired balance between the priorities and concerns of the southern and northern Mediterranean. He called on "Abdel-Al" to focus on initiatives that will consolidate the principles of tolerance and acceptance of the other, and build bridges linking civilizations and all religions in the Mediterranean region